Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Margo Edmunds is an American health policy researcher, strategy consultant, educator, and writer who began her clinical career in disease management at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her recent work has focused on the use of health information technology in healthcare reform and public health, including co-authoring Toward Health Information Liquidity, a Booz Allen Hamilton white paper that explores the challenges and opportunities for electronic health information systems. Formerly Vice President with The Lewin Group,[clarification needed] Edmunds has held senior positions at the University of California, San Francisco, Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, Children's Defense Fund (CDF), and American Institutes for Research. At the IOM, she directed studies on health insurance and access to care and provided testimony on children s coverage to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In 2000, she and her team at CDF released All Over the Map, a report on progress implementing the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Praise for Just-in-Time Accounting How to Decrease Costs and Increase Efficiency Third Edition &quote;Most books on business accounting focus only on the accounting process?and never address the operational issues that impact it. Steve Bragg has delivered the rest of the story the valuable insight and detailed information accountants need to help?them not only properly account for business activities, but to streamline and improve the overall process. Whether the practitioner is just starting up or is working with a well-established business, the information in this book offers real benefits to both.&quote; Joanie C. Mann, Executive Vice President, InsynQ e-Accounting; Business Development Consultant, The Sleeter Group &quote;Mr. Bragg delivers another essential reference for every CFO's bookshelf. Just-in-Time Accounting is full of specific guidance you can use right now to save money, improve processes, and make you more effective.&quote; Luella Schmidt, President, Fine Point Consulting LLC &quote;Just-in-Time Accounting is the 'go-to' accounting department transaction and streamlining reference. Process improvement begins here.&quote; Geoffrey Garland, Controller, Staco Systems &quote;Just-in-Time Accounting is an incredible toolkit for streamlining and simplifying the accounting process. Practical but intelligent approaches to the whole accounting cycle make this book so effective and unique that it is a must-read for accounting clerk and CFO alike, regardless of the company and accounting department size or the industry you are in. Shan Staka, MBA, Controller, PGP International &quote;One of the critical goals for the CFO is to develop a Lean Finance Factory that is efficient, on time, reliable, and accurate. Steve Bragg's Just-in-Time Accounting does exactly that and more. It not only teaches how to set up a system that delivers, but also teaches how to optimize it and, as such, is a great resource for both new and established CFOs. In today's world of information and data overload, this book is invaluable in teaching how to focus on the urgent and important.&quote; Arif Iqball, Executive Director and Board Member, Avon Products Co. Ltd., Japan &quote;The underlying theme of the book is working in a consistent and efficient manner. Topics discussed and suggestions presented often have a 'lean' feel to them. These methodologies and practices lead to higher efficiency, the elimination of waste, and an increase in quality. The examples on Value-Added Analysis are prime examples of 'lean' thinking. In a time when global competition requires faster response times and lower prices, having an accounting system in place to accurately and effectively support business operations is extremely important. Operational efficiencies lead to lower operating costs and higher operating margins, and Just-in-Time Accounting helps identify many potential candidates for increasing efficiency.&quote; Chip Nickolett, MBA, PMP, Director, Consulting Services Americas, Ingres Corporation;former president, Comprehensive Solutions (U.S. and UK)
Leadership is learnable A Warren Bennis Executive Briefing Series BookCrosby is taking his message to a different audience - a growing army of intelligent young men and women who are setting out to become executives by choice and for the right reasons. - Central Florida Business In this, his eleventh book, world-renowned consultant Philip Crosby offers readers a simple, yet ingenious method for assessing the skills of those they've been assigned to follow, as well as their own leadership abilities. Leaders, he says, come in five versions?Destructor, Procrastinator, Caretaker, Preparer, and Accomplisher. And by examining each of those character types in relation to his four Absolutes of Leadership, the author establishes a framework would-be leaders can use to build quality leadership skills of their own.Crosby also discusses the leader's role in organizational finance and quality, and in dealing with customers, suppliers, employees, and bosses. You know a leader when you meet one, he asserts and he maintains that those people who already have leadership potential will blossom once they understand and epitomize the precepts set forth in this groundbreaking work.
The legal marijuana "Green Rush" continues to evolve as one of the most lucrative emergent markets in the US - but taking advantage of this opportunity isn't something to be considered lightly. If you aren't careful, there are plenty of potential pitfalls and forks in the road...but you can avoid these costly problems with A Budding Success: The Ultimate Guide to Planning, Launching and Managing a Lucrative Legal Marijuana Business. In this book, you'll find first-hand expert guidance that carries you through every angle of planning, launching, and running your business, including help with: Defining your budget, location, and business plan, so you can start - and continue - as strongly as possible. Protecting yourself by understanding city, county, state, and federal laws, thus making money without worrying about crackdowns. Becoming self-employed and making wise investment decisions that grow your business...and your empire. Choosing the right kind of marijuana business opportunity for you - medical or recreational, from dispensing to growing, extraction, delivery, edibles, and beyond. Implementing the best security measures in order to protect your latest ventures. Smoothly incorporating the right kind of legal entity, so you don't face any nasty regulatory surprises. Finance and accounting-from wages to taxes, collective reimbursements, and more. Advertising and marketing-your obligations, and winning tactics for quick expansion. Sourcing, growing, pricing and tracking your stock....and more! With this fully comprehensive guide, you will be prepared to slide in on the ground floor of one of America's most revolutionary industries. Expert author, entrepreneur, and business consultant Charles Restivo, alongside marijuana mastermind and dispensary operator Cory Cervantes, will walk you step by step through the process of gro 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reid Kerr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076624/bk_acx0_076624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even in 2012, Ben Graham is still a hero to me - Warren Buffett (from the author's interview with Buffett for The Einstein of Money) Warren Buffett has repeatedly acknowledged Benjamin Graham, a man he personally studied and worked under, as the primary influence on his investment approach. Indeed, there is a direct line between the record-shattering investing performance of Buffett (and other value investors) and Graham's life. In six books and dozens of papers, Graham—widely known as the "Dean of Wall Street"—left an extensive account of an investing system that, as Buffett can attest to, actually works! In The Einstein of Money, author and business consultant Joe Carlen educates the listener on Graham's most essential wealth-creation concepts (as selected by Buffett himself), while telling the colorful story of Graham's amazing business career and his multifaceted personal life. As the author shows, Graham was a brilliant innovator in many areas—from devising a new currency to writing a Broadway play. His complex personality combined impeccable professional ethics with a checkered, even wild, romantic life. Carlen's biography distills the best from Graham's extensive published works (including his candid memoirs, released in 1996) and draws from the author's interviews with Warren Buffett, Charles Brandes, other top US and global value investors, Graham's surviving children and friends, and select finance professors and authors. In this manner, The Einstein of Money weaves Graham's transformational ideas into the narrative of a momentous life and legacy. Warren Buffett once said, "No one ever became poor by reading Graham." By the same token, no one will ever become poor, bored, or uninspired by listening to Carlen's lively, informative biography of Benjamin Graham and his time-tested techniques for generating wealth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000800/bk_gdan_000800_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The global economy is entering an era of protracted stagnation, similar to what Japan has experienced for over a decade. That is the message of this brilliant and controversial summary of our current economic predicament from an internationally respected consultant and commentator on financial markets, who predicted the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. The author challenges the assumption that growth can be perpetual and questions the ability of political leaders to enact the tough structural changes needed. He is particularly critical of the 'easy money' approach to dealing with the great recession of 2008, citing the dangers of excessive debt and deep-seated fundamental imbalances. The fallout of these poor policies, he argues, will affect not only the business sector, but also the lifestyles and prosperity of average citizens and future generations. The author concludes with a thought experiment illustrating the large-scale changes that will be necessary to restore economic, financial, and social sustainability. This experiment has already been tried in Iceland, which went bankrupt in the wake of the 2008 crisis, and now, after a painful adjustment, is on the road to recovery. Told for the lay listener and peppered with witty anecdotes, this audiobook clearly explains the missteps that created the current dilemma, why a recovery has proved elusive, and the difficult remedies that must eventually be applied to ensure a stable future. Satyajit Das is an internationally respected expert in finance, with over 30 years' experience. He worked for the 'sell side' (banks such as Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch), the 'buy side' (Treasurer of the TNT Group) and acted as a consultant advising banks, investors, corporations and central banks throughout the world. He has been within touching distance of many of the pivotal events in finance during his long career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Satyajit Das. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027869/bk_adbl_027869_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing, Professor Andrew Ang presents a comprehensive, new approach to the age-old problem of where to put your money. Years of experience as a finance professor and a consultant have led him to see that what matters aren't asset class labels, but instead the bundles of overlapping risks they represent. Factor risks must be the focus of our attention if we are to weather market turmoil and receive the rewards that come with doing so. Clearly written yet full of the latest research and data, Asset Management is indispensable reading for trustees, professional money managers, smart private investors, and business students who want to understand the economics behind factor risk premiums, to harvest them efficiently in their portfolios, and to embark on the search for true alpha.
"Superbosses is the rare business book that is chock full of new, useful, and often unexpected ideas. After you read Finkelstein's well-crafted gem, you will never go about leading, evaluating, and developing talent in quite the same way."-Robert Sutton, author of Scaling Up Excellence and The No Asshole Rule"Maybe you're a decent boss. But are you a superboss? That's the question you'll be asking yourself after reading Sydney Finkelstein's fascinating book. By revealing the secrets of superbosses from finance to fashion and from cooking to comic books, Finkelstein offers a smart, actionable playbook for anyone trying to become a better leader."-Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and DriveA fascinating exploration of the world's most effective bosses-and how they motivate, inspire, and enable others to advance their companies and shape entire industries, by the author of How Smart Executives Fail. A must-read for anyone interested in leadership and building an enduring pipeline of talent.What do football coach Bill Walsh, restauranteur Alice Waters, television executive Lorne Michaels, technology CEO Larry Ellison, and fashion pioneer Ralph Lauren have in common? On the surface, not much, other than consistent success in their fields. But below the surface, they share a common approach to finding, nurturing, leading, and even letting go of great people. The way they deal with talent makes them not merely success stories, not merely organization builders, but what Sydney Finkelstein calls superbosses.After ten years of research and more than two hundred interviews, Finkelstein-an acclaimed professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, speaker, and executive coach and consultant-discovered that superbosses exist in nearly every industry. If you study the top fifty leaders in any field, as many as one-third will have once worked for a superboss.While superbosses differ in their personal styles, they all focus on identifying promising newcomers, inspiring their best work, and launching them into highly successful careers-while also expanding their own networks and building stronger companies. Among the practices that distinguish superbosses:They Create Master-Apprentice Relationships.Superbosses customize their coaching to what each protégé really needs, and also are constant founts of practical wisdom. Advertising legend Jay Chiat not only worked closely with each of his employees but would sometimes extend their discussions into the night.They Rely on the Cohort Effect.Superbosses strongly encourage collegiality even as they simultaneously drive internal competition. At Lorne Michaels's Saturday Night Live, writers and performers are judged by how much of their material actually gets on the air, but they can't get anything on the air without the support of their coworkers.They Say Good-Bye on Good Terms.Nobody likes it when great employees quit, but superbosses don't respond with anger or resentment. They know that former direct reports can become highly valuable members of their network, especially as they rise to major new roles elsewhere. Julian Robertson, the billionaire hedge fund manager, continued to work with and invest in his former employees who started their own funds.By sharing the fascinating stories of superbosses and their protégés, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that never had a name before. And he shows how each of us can emulate the best tactics of superbosses to create our own powerful networks of extraordinary talent.
The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years--and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush--in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Mallaby shows how Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man, the veritable God in the machine, the global economy's avatar. His memoirs sold for record sums to publishers around the world. But then came 2008. Mallaby's story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to damage Alan Greenspan's reputation. Mallaby argues that the conventional wisdom is off base: Greenspan wasn't a naïve ideologue who believed greater regulation was unnecessary. He had pressed for greater regulation of some key areas of finance over the years, and had gotten nowhere. To argue that he didn't know the risks in irrational markets is to miss the point. He knew more than almost anyone; the question is why he didn't act, and whether anyone else could or would have. A close reading of Greenspan's life provides fascinating answers to these questions, answers whose lessons we would do well to heed. Because perhaps Mallaby's greatest lesson is that economic statesmanship, like political statesmanship, is the art of the possible. The Man Who Knew is a searching reckoning with what exactly comprised the art, and the possible, in the career of Alan Greenspan.
This new model of human interaction has been chosen by Google to train the entire company worldwide (30,000 employees), is the #1 book for your career chosen by The Wall Street Journal's website, and is labeled 'phenomenal' by Lawyers' Weekly and 'brilliant' by Liza Oz of the Oprah network. Based on more than 20 years of research and practice among 30,000 people in 45 countries, Getting More concludes that finding and valuing the other party's emotions and perceptions creates far more value than the conventional wisdom of power and logic. It is intended to provide better agreements for everyone no matter what they negotiate - from jobs to kids to billion dollar deals to shopping. The book, a New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal business best seller, is based on Professor Stuart Diamond's award-winning course at the Wharton Business School, where the course has been the most popular over 13 years. It challenges the conventional wisdom on every page, from 'win-win' to BATNA to rationality to the use of power. Companies have made billions of dollars so far using his new model and parents have gotten their 4-year-olds to willingly brush their teeth and go to bed. Prof. Diamond draws from his experience as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at The New York Times, Harvard-trained attorney, Wharton MBA, U.N. Consultant in many countries and manager and executive in many sectors, including technology, agriculture, medical services, finance, energy and aviation. 'The ROI from reading Getting More will make it the best investment you make this year,' says Rhys Dekle, the business development head of the Microsoft Games division, which produces X-Box. He added that the book was his team's best investment of the year too. The model was also used to quickly solve the 2008 Hollywood Writer's Strike. The advice is addressed through the insightful stories of more than 400 people who have used Prof. Diamond's tools with great success: A 20% savings on an item already on sale. An extra $300 million profit in a business. A woman from India getting out of her own arranged marriage. Better relationships with the family, including teenagers. Raises at work. Better jobs. Dealing with emotional situations. Meeting one's goals. Finding better things to trade. Solving cultural and political problems, sports conflicts, and ordinary arguments. The book is intended to be used in any situation. The most common response is 'life changing', beginning on page one. 'The most inspirational book I have read this year' said David Simon, an attorney in San Francisco, CA. 'This book can change the world,' says Craig Silverman, Investment Advisor, Long Island, NY
Business of all sizes have a problem: How do you know—in real time—whether you are earning the profit you need to grow or even just stay in business? And which products or services are doing the “heavy lifting” in contributing to profit? Financial statements tell only part of the story. They are backward looking, for one thing, and they generally show results only in the aggregate. Worse, they never seem to reflect the hard work you’re doing on a daily basis. As one manager said, “If I’m adding 25% profit to every job, why am I getting barely 5% net profit at the end of the year?” Improving Profit: Using Contribution Metrics to Boost the Bottom Line solves this dilemma. As this book shows, Contribution-Based Activity (CBA) measures focus on two key levers that are fundamental to the operation of any business: financial contribution and units of activity. Knowing how to use these levers gets your company off the treadmill and on your way to stellar profitability. And as the 21 case studies show, CBA is surprisingly easy to apply to businesses of all types and all sizes. What is “financial contribution”? Simply the amount above and beyond the cost of goods or materials sold that contributes to covering overhead and creating profit. As entrepreneur, business consultant, and professor Keith Cleland shows, few managers actually know the financial contribution their products and services make, nor how to amplify that contribution by incremental adjustments to one or both levers. As you’ll learn, the financial tool Cleland created, TARI (Target Average Rate Index), provides insight into each product’s value. You’ll not only learn which products are contributing the most to the bottom line, but how to unlock the profit potential in run-of-the-mill products or services. Improving Profit will help you: Restore and boost profit levels for your entire operation Relate your daily efforts to a transaction's actual profitability Focus on the two key performance indicators that can help you identify and solve problems affecting finance and productivity Help everyone in the company—from CEO to janitor—understand how their activities help or hinder the company’s fortunes Make effective financial decisions If you’ve ever wondered why your results don’t match your hard work, hopes, and dreams, read this book. As the case studies make clear, identifying and applying TARI results in a significant—and often dramatic—boost to the bottom-line.
Precise instructions and descriptions in this book enable users, consultants, IT managers, and students to understand Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX) rapidly. Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, the premium ERP solution of Microsoft, is a comprehensive, nevertheless user-friendly business management solution for large and mid-sized organizations. This book provides the required knowledge to handle all basic business processes in Dynamics 365. The exercises in the book also make it a good choice for self-study. Content Basics and Technology &#8211; Navigation and User Interface &#8211; Supply Chain Management &#8211; Trade and Logistics &#8211; Advanced Warehouse Management &#8211; Manufacturing &#8211; Financial Management Target Group IT executives IT professionals and consultants for business management solutions New and current users of Dynamics 365 Students of information technology, business administration, and similar disciplines Author Dr. Andreas Luszczak is a project manager, consultant, and trainer for Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX. Apart from his engagement in numerous implementation projects, he has been teaching it at renowned universities in Austria. Before focusing on Dynamics 365/AX, he has been working as an IT manager/CIO and consultant for other business solutions (including Microsoft Dynamics NAV).